Showing posts from August, 2016

Makers ~ Lindsay Tarnoff

Owner’s name: Lindsay Tarnoff
Shop name: Laughing Gull Chocolates
Twitter: laughinggullri
Instagram: laughinggullri

1. Tell us about your business.
Laughing Gull Chocolates brings together chocolate - the food of the gods - and the community in order to truly make a difference today, in our community and in the communities that produce our beloved chocolate. Laughing Gull uses all direct trade, organic chocolate and locally, ethically sourced ingredients to make premium chocolate products such as truffles and chocolate sauce. We also offer periodic workshops so you can practice making your own truffles!

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
For me, chocolate conjures up happy moments, both for myself and with my family and friends, and I wanted a name that conveyed that feeling, as well as something that sounded like Rhode Island. A laughing gull is a local b…

Makers ~ Macayla Lavender ~ Westerly

Artist’s name: Macayla Lavender
Shop name: Lyme Fighters
Twitter: @macaylalavender
Instagram: @macaylalavender

1. Tell us about your work
I created a clothing company called Lyme Fighters and the main goal is to raise awareness for Lyme Disease. Lyme Fighters is a way to show those with the disease that they are not alone! It can also be a great way to inform those who do not know about it!

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
Yes! I came up with the name Lyme Fighters one day while I was bedridden from my Lyme Disease. Originally, the name was just to inspire myself to keep fighting this horrible disease. Soon, the name turned into a project and eventually it became what it is today!

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I began sketching clothing ideas and sayings for clothing while bedridden and once I was able to, I began working on the…

Events ~ Point Street Reading Series ~ September 20

CONTACT: Robin Kall
Reading with Robin
Phone: 1.401.952.0660

New Monthly Series Connects Book Lovers with Authors

Popular radio host and book enthusiast Robin Kall hosts the Point Street Reading Series on Tuesday, September 20th at Point Street Dueling Pianos at Davol Square in Providence. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the event running from 7:30 – 9 p.m.

This free series is open to the public and will meet every third Tuesday of the month. The September 20th event features distinguished authors: Leigh Stein, Anne Korkeakivi, Louise Miller, Paul Tremblay and Michelle Hoover. Authors will read for 15 minutes from their latest works. Short breaks follow each author with time for conversation and refreshments. Brown University Bookstore will have books available for purchase and autographing.

“The series is a great opportunity to connect book lovers with some of their favorite authors,” said Ms. Kall who h…

Interview with Tom and Emma of Riffraff

When I heard about the upcoming bookstore/bar opening in Providence, I was excited and intrigued. A bookstore/bar? How cool is that?

I had a chance to sit down with owners Tom Roberge and Emma Ramadan, and they told me just how cool it will be.

The location at 215 Dean Street is currently being rehabbed in an old jewelry manufactury, and will house two retail spaces. One will be Riffraff. The plan is to maintain the original industrial feel of the building, including a carriage turnaround in the floor, and some of the original equipment, that will decorate the space.

"It's similar to what they've done at Spotty Dog in Hudson, outside New York City, and Molasses Books in Brooklyn," Emma told me. They want to bring that experience to Providence.

If you're thinking of channeling your inner World's Most Interesting Man, sitting in a leather armchair by the fireside, drinking beer or scotch while you read, think again.

Instead, you'll walk into a carefully cu…

Makers ~ Amanda & Debbie McCormick

Artist’s name: Amanda & Debbie McCormick
Shop name: Deb's Shed
Instagram: @debsshed

1. Tell us about your work
Deb's Shed is a mother daughter team working to share our creativity with those around us. Debbie started it all with her jarred goods (salsa, pickles, jams, etc) and homemade chocolates. Local peeps just couldn't get enough so we started the Etsy shop so their friends out of state could get some too! Once Amanda got into vinyl cutting, the possibilities of the team were endless! Amanda now makes custom items including glasses, mugs, water bottles, shirts, onesie and more!

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
In 2004, we moved to Western Coventry and bought the house of my parent's dreams. With acreage and a pond, a barn, garage and shed, they couldn't ask for anything more! The Shed became mom's home away from home. Counters and shelves were put in and a huge island …

Press release ~ Wickford Art Association presents 6 Amazing Artists ~ August 20-September 11, 2016


Contact: Judy Salvadore, Gallery Director
Company: Wickford Art Association
Phone (Media): Gallery 401-294-6840, Mobile (401) 301-2403

Juried Artist Member Invitational
The Wickford Art Association is pleased to present six juried artist members in an invitational show in its gallery at 36 Beach Street, North Kingstown, RI. The opening reception is on Sunday, August 21, 2016, from 1-3 PM. The show runs through September 11, 2016, is free and open to the public.

The featured artists are:

Donato Beauchaine of North Kingstown is a widely regarded oil and watercolor painter who has an uncanny knack for his representations of light and shadows and their effect on the structural elements of his landscapes.

Julie Brayton, a painter from Providence, has a unique ability to see the color of light, and brings out the subtle nuances of color in nature with her brush.

Sylvia Hampton of Middletown, got her start in p…

Press Release ~ Newport Living History Event ~ August 27

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Newport’s History Comes to Life Saturday August 27th in Newport, RI’s Old Quarter
Newport, RI –August 2016 – On the afternoon of August 27, 2016, visitors to downtown Newport’s Washington Square, Perotti Park and the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House can “step back in time” to the summer of 1765. From 1pm-4pm, the Newport Historical Society will host a large scale living history event with dozens of costumed interpreters who will recreate a naval press gang incident during Naval Impressment: A 1765 Reenactment in Colonial Newport.
In June 1765, members of the Royal Navy from HMS Maidstone impressed sailors into service from the area that is today Washington Square. In reaction to this incident, citizens stole Maidstone’s longboat which they set on fire. This negative treatment is one incident that prompted many men to participate in the Stamp Act riots in August 1765.
During Naval Impressment: A 1765 Reenactment in Colonial Newport, visitors can roam between three locations…

Makers ~ Jim Dowd & Sandra Bonazoli ~ Bristol

Artist’s name: Jim Dowd & Sandra Bonazoli
Shop name: BeehiveHandmadeLLC

1. Tell us about your work. 
We are a husband and wife tag-team duo of metalsmiths. Our work includes pewter housewares, baby gifts, holiday ornaments, ceramics, and most recently jewelry.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business? 
We chose the name Beehive Handmade because of the associations that bees and beehives have with industry and the home.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer? 
Both Sandra and I have our MFAs in jewelry and metalsmithing. We both worked for other artists for a couple of years after school before starting our business in 1999.

4. Where do you draw your inspiration? 
Our inspiration comes from so many different sources. Vintage textile patterns, traditional folk art, children's book illust…